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NOMINADO AL GRAMMY LATINO, Nueva York. 8 de agosto del 2003.

 Raíces Habaneras

Based in the New York area, this group used to play at Esquina Habanera, a sign that they are the real deal! 

David Oquendo, vocalist and music director of Raices Habaneras, founded his ensemble in order to preserve the pure form and essence of Cuban rhythms. The group's sultry and authentic sound has since been featured on television (HBO's Oz, the PBS documentary The Cuban Americans), on television (on Sabado al Medio Dia and Al Despertar), and on radio (WBAI and WADO, among others). Raices Habaneras has performed live at New York's Town Hall, at the famous Beacon Theater, and at an uninterrupted series of weekly performances, Domingos de la Rumba ("Rumba Sundays"), at La Esquina Habanera in Union City, NJ. Members of the group include David Oquendo, music director, singer; Vicente Sanchez, percussion; Ogduardo Diaz "Roman," percussion; Pedro Pablo Martinez, singer, percussion; Felix Insua "Pupi,' dancer; Rita Macias, dancer; Pedro Domech, singer, dancer; Xiomara Rodriguez, dancer; Gene Golden, percussion; Ricky Salas, singer, percussion; Carlos Cordova, singer, percussion; Clemente Medina, percussion; Jose Real "El Chino," singer; and Frank Bell, dancer, percussion.

Schedule (updated 4/05)

5/7/05 - LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Long Island City, 7:30PM

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s "Performance Planet"

Music Series Features Rumba Troupe on May 7

Long Island City, NY—Rumba, the spirit and soul of Latin American music and dance, will be performed at the LaGuardia Performing Art Center’s on May 7.

Raices Habaneras, a Cuban dance troupe based in La Esquina Habanera (Havana Corner) in Union City, New Jersey, will perform the different styles of rumba in its purest form without alterations and foreign elements.  

The concert will be held in the college’s Little Theatre at 47th Avenue and Van Dam Street in Long Island City. (#7 Train to 33rd Street, Long Island City).  The event begins at 7:30 p.m.

General admission tickets are $12; $7 for students and seniors.  To purchase tickets, please call the box office at (718) 482-5151.  For information on the other cultural events visit www.lagcc.cuny.edu/lpac

The group is one of five contemporary international artists featured in "Performance Planet," a multicultural concert series that celebrates the borough’s rich cultural diversity. The five-concert series’ finale is scheduled for June 14 when Kevin So, a Chinese singer/songwriter whose powerful music is a blend of pop, rhythm, blues, and hip hop, will perform. 

Since its creation in 1996, the group has performed every Sunday at La Esquina Habanera, a club in Union City.  

Aside from playing every Sunday at the club, Raices Habaneras performed at the Fourth Annual Latin Grammy Performance, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and the Calle 8 Festival in Miami. The group also appeared in the PBS film, "The Cuban Americans," The Ivan Acosta’s film "How to Create a Rumba," which was shown at the Lincoln Center Movie Festival, and the Heddy Honnigman’s film, "Dame La Mano," which was shown at the Gramercy Theatre of MoMA. 

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Raices Habaneras
Universal Latino
released 5/02

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NOMINADO AL GRAMMY LATINO, Nueva York. 8 de agosto del 2003.

El primer disco compacto del grupo folklorico cubano Raices Habanera, Raices Habaneras, fue nominado la semana pasada para el premio Grammy Latino en la categoria de Mejor Disco Folklorico. El disco fue producido por David Oquendo, el director musical del grupo y fundador junto a percusionista Vicente Sanchez, y grabado en Sound Art Studios de Jersey City, NJ, por los ingenieros Juan Wust y Luis Damian Güell. La grabación incluye once temas que logran captar al Lukumi, Abakuá, Rumba Guagancó, Yambú y Columbia con perfecta autenticidad. “Raices Habaneras conduce al oyente por un viaje atraves de los diferentes estilos de la rumba, en su forma mas pura, sin alteraciones ni elementos extranjeros”, escribió Rudy Mangual de Latin Beat Magazine. 

Raices Habaneras fue concevido con el fin de rescatar y preservar la esencia 
del ritmo cubano y pasarle este aspecto de la cultura cubana a las nuevas generaciones. Desde hace siete años, los integrantes de Raices Habaneras se reunen todos los domingos en La Esquina Habanera de Union City, New Jersey, a celebrar en ambiente familiar este elemento tan importante de la rica historia cultural folklorica de Cuba. “Un domingo nos juntamos con deseos de crear algo nuestro, muy profundo, y a la Tierra recordar, un lugar donde la gente se pusiera a descargar, un domingo de la rumba y en ambiente familiar” (letra de tema original “Raices Habanera”). 

Los integrantes del grupo y del CD estan entre los artistas mas reconocidos del género. Entre ellos se encuentran David Oquendo, director musical y cantante; percusionistas Vicente Sanchez, Ogduardo Diaz "Roman", Gene Golden, Clemente Medina; percusionistas y cantantes Pedro Pablo Martinez, Ricky Salas y Carlos Córdova; cantante Jose Real "El Chino"; y bailarines y cantantes Frank Bell y Pedro Domech. El espactáculo en vivo, que ha sido comparado a Los Muñequitos de Matanzas y otros grandes de la rumba, incluye las bailarinas Rita Macias y Xiomara Rodriguez. 

La sinceridad y calidad artistica de Raices Habaneras se ha dado a conocer en la serie de HBO, "OZ"; el documental de PBS, "The Cuban Americans"; el film de Ivan Acosta, "Como Crear Una Rumba". El próximo 26 de septiembre, el prestigioso MoMa (Museo de Arte Moderno de Nueva York), estrenará el documental sobre Raices Habaneras y los Domingos de la Rumba, Dame La Mano, de la reconocida directora, Heddy Honnigman. 

Para mas información comuniquese con Maria Romeu (718) 388-5873/(305) 
794-8749.

 

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